Neonatal EEG


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

17 Feb 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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Activity Description

Neonatal electroencephalography (EEG) is a diagnostic procedure utilized to assess neurologic conditions (eg, encephalopathy and seizure disorders) and evaluate neonatal brain maturity. EEG measures the postsynaptic potential of neuronal axons. Neonatologists use this valuable tool to gauge if there are abnormalities present in the normal background brain activity of the neonate. Moreover, neonatal EEG helps pediatric neurology clinicians understand the impact of neurological insults on the infant's brain or identify and confirm the presence of seizures. Neurological evaluation of neonates has many inherent limitations, making it challenging to delineate physiological variations from pathological conditions. General patterns of background activity change with the neonate's gestational age and waking or sleep state; therefore, neonatal EEG interpretation is dependent on these clinical considerations. Complications of the procedure are uncommon but include skin maceration and infection. This activity for healthcare professionals is designed to enhance the learner's competence when recognizing the indications, risks, benefits, complications, and the recommended technique for neonatal EEG. This activity also highlights the role of the interprofessional team in caring for patients who undergo neonatal EEG.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, and nurse practitioners.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Implement the correct technique to obtain an electroencephalogram in neonates.

  • Identify the indications for electroencephalography in neonates.

  • Differentiate the various ways an electroencephalography in neonates changes with gestational age.

  • Coordinate with other interprofessional team members to perform and interpret a neonatal electroencephalography. 


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